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Occupational Therapist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£27,055 to £32,934 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
29 Mar 2023

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Mental health occupational therapist
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are currently offering an exciting opportunity for a Band 5 Occupational Therapist to join our lively and busy multi-disciplinary team.

This role is exciting and challenging and the focus will be on, assessment of the occupational performance needs and developing intervention plans, with a caseload of service users who are under our Acute Mental Health Services in the Southwest. This covers both an inpatient ward as well as a Reablement Team (community based).

This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking to enhance and develop their skills as a newly qualified Occupational Therapist, or someone who wants to explore new opportunities. You will need to enjoy working in a busy environment, managing multiple priorities, and be able to work under pressure.

We can offer you the opportunity to work in a supportive team, with regular support and in-service training from your line manager to further develop your skills in this area of work.

If this sounds of interest to you and you would like to find out more, then we would love to hear from you!

Please see job description for further information of the role.

For more information about this post, please contact Anne Rodrigues on 01962 897744 or

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work on both Kingsley ward and within the Reablement team in the community, as part of the West Acute Care Pathway.

Within Kingsley, the expectation is that the post holder will work with service users to maximise function, using Occupational Therapy techniques as the main medium of assessment and intervention and applying client focused principles throughout.

The post holder will be expected to complete assessments as well as provide some interventions as deemed appropriate by both group work and individual sessions.

Within the Reablement team, the expectation is that the post holder will hold a caseload, working with service users who have occupational performance deficits within the community. Practitioners may be required to work flexibly, providing potentially a 7 day a week service between the hours of 8am and 10pm if needed.

The post holder will have a working understanding of the principles of recovery and how to aid the Reablement process through the use of, for example, goal setting and problem solving.

The post holder will be a qualified Occupational Therapist, and be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description Job responsibilities

*To undertake Occupational Therapy assessments, addressing occupational performance and skill deficits, enabling the service user in areas of self-maintenance, productivity and leisure.

*To work with service users to identify goals as part of the overall care plan

*To plan and implement individual and/or group interventions, in collaboration with the service user, using graded activity to achieve therapeutic goals.

*To monitor and evaluate treatment in order to measure progress and ensure effectiveness of the intervention.

*To carry out home visits and community Reablement work as appropriate within given guidelines.

*To build knowledge of appropriate community resources and access these for service users where appropriate.

*To delegate work as appropriate to more junior staff

*To work with Community Mental Health Team's and Ward Clinical Teams, as part of wider MDT, and support these teams where necessary. This may involve working as a care coordinator.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Degree/Diploma in Occupational Therapy.
  • Registration with HCPC.
  • Car driver.
  • Membership of Royal College of Occupational Therapy.
  • Membership of RCOT -Special Interest Group (Mental Health).
  • AMPS training.
  • MOCA training.
  • Practice educator training.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with service users with mental health needs.
  • Use of functional assessment and activity analysis.
  • Good understanding of application of OT process within Adult Mental Health.
  • Community experience within healthcare.
  • Documented evidence of CPD.

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